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Carter Defends Handling of Hostage Crisis
Associated Press ^ | 11/16/09 | MICHAEL CASEY

Posted on 11/16/2009 12:54:51 PM PST by Baladas

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (Nov. 16) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he had no regrets about his handling of the Iran hostage crisis more than 30 years ago, saying he didn't attack the country as his advisers proposed because thousands of people would have died.

Islamic militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, and seized its occupants. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

Carter acknowledged that his failure to bring the hostages home — including a botched rescue mission in which eight U.S. servicemen died — led to his election defeat to President Ronald Reagan in 1980. The hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981, just minutes after Reagan was sworn in as the new president.

"I don't have any doubt that was the main factor in my defeat," Carter told reporters in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, where he was helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity. "Obviously, if I had rescued the hostages or they had not been taken, I would have been re-elected."

Carter said one proposed option was a military strike on Iran, but he chose to stick with negotiations to prevent bloodshed and bring the hostages home safely.

"My main advisers insisted that I should attack Iran," he said. "I could have destroyed Iran with my weaponry. But I felt in the process it was likely the hostages' lives would be lost, and I didn't want to kill 20,000 Iranians. So I didn't attack."

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KEYWORDS: dumbass; fail; iranhostagecrisis; islam; jimmycarter; libtards; peanuthead
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Great, now there's a newer version of this in the WH - goes to show you that you can't teach an old (and senile) dog new tricks.
1 posted on 11/16/2009 12:54:52 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas
Jimmy Cartuh preferred America's humiliation to defending its honor. Good riddance!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

2 posted on 11/16/2009 12:56:27 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Baladas

Maybe if he had attacked Iran back then we wouldn’t be having the problems we have today.


3 posted on 11/16/2009 12:56:58 PM PST by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: Baladas

>> “Obviously, if I had rescued the hostages or they had not been taken, I would have been re-elected.”

Yeah, sure, Jimmuh. The 19% inflation wasn’t all that painful. I’m sure no one noticed it.


4 posted on 11/16/2009 12:57:01 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: Baladas

Let’s see - if he was president during Pearl Harbor I guess he would say he didn’t want to kill a lot of Japanese just for a few thousand Americans lost during the attack .... to him it would have been an over reaction .....


5 posted on 11/16/2009 12:57:20 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Baladas

Yep - there was the huge inflation rate, and you telling us we’re at fault - great way to get re-elected NOT!

This just shows that he is STILL a weak, ineffectual idiot that should NOT be listened too.

If he had indeed BOMBED Iran for their illegal taking of US diplomats, we likely wouldn’t be having the problems we’re having right now with Iran. We’ve been living with his mistakes for decades.


6 posted on 11/16/2009 12:59:31 PM PST by fremont_steve
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To: Baladas

He is the most clueless person who ever served as POTUS. The whole world knows how stupid he sounds.


7 posted on 11/16/2009 12:59:35 PM PST by bestintxas
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To: Nervous Tick
He's delusional. Oh yeah his term coined the "Misery Index" for his incompetence in managing the economy. Carter would have lost even if Iran hadn't been in the picture.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

8 posted on 11/16/2009 1:00:07 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Baladas

Thousands of people did die, but they were Americans not Iranian.

This event set in motion all the events in the Middle-East since that day of appeasement.


9 posted on 11/16/2009 1:00:44 PM PST by dila813
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To: bestintxas
He is the most clueless person who ever served as POTUS. The whole world knows how stupid he sounds.

He even thinks that the Nobel POS prize is an honor.

10 posted on 11/16/2009 1:01:23 PM PST by D Rider
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To: Baladas
Stick that sweater in your yapping cakehole and shutup, Jimmah.

Like I've said, when Carter kicks off, it'll be like an alcoholic parent dying. Yeah, you're sort of sad, but you're glad you don't have to apologize for such an embarrassing individual anymore.

11 posted on 11/16/2009 1:01:38 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Baladas

Don’t worry Jimmy zero is doing a far worse job so far than you, smile you are finally vidicated and a new man will take your place as the worst ever!


12 posted on 11/16/2009 1:02:00 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: goldstategop

God God, he took an oath to defend the United States. He violated that oath.


13 posted on 11/16/2009 1:03:00 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Baladas

Carter is too stupid to have regrets.


14 posted on 11/16/2009 1:03:30 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Baladas

Still crazy after all these years.


15 posted on 11/16/2009 1:03:42 PM PST by hometoroost (Time to bust the nut - stamp out ACORN)
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To: Baladas
Since an Embassy is “national territory” it seemed at the time that the only responsible thing for a President to do would be to ask Congress for a declaration of war against Iran. I was actually waiting at first for him to do just that.

Silly of me.

16 posted on 11/16/2009 1:04:20 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: bestintxas
He is the most clueless person who ever served as POTUS. The whole world knows how stupid he sounds.

Jimmy was bought and paid for before he ever hit the Oval Office. Remember when his brother Billy was caught taking bribes from Libyans?

Carter may have been clueless, but to this day he's done what his masters told him to do.

17 posted on 11/16/2009 1:04:46 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Baladas

And about our people dying in the desert in a misguided, poorly planned rescue attempt?


18 posted on 11/16/2009 1:04:51 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: SkyDancer

If Carter had been President in 1941 we who alive then would either be a lamp shade or a bar of soap. The ones living in what once was the U.S.A. would be speaking German and Japanese.


19 posted on 11/16/2009 1:05:32 PM PST by sport
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To: Baladas

Actually, Jimmuh, we probably could have saved tens of thousands of lives in the long run by cutting the islamist’s throats in Tehran while we still had the chance to.

The end result of your chicken-shit diplomacy is the blossoming of terrorist movements across the Middle East who are bankrolled by the mullahs in Iran and who are, even now, engaged in bloody terrorist actions against governments and innocent civilians acrosss the globe.

Some legacy - eh, Jimmuh?


20 posted on 11/16/2009 1:06:04 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Soup Kitchens!)
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To: Baladas; RaceBannon

Do you believe this guy?

bttt & ping


21 posted on 11/16/2009 1:06:50 PM PST by smokingfrog (Well, are you gonna draw those pistols or whistle Dixie? Spit!)
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To: RobbyS
God God, he took an oath to defend the United States. He violated that oath.

He took it more than once too.

This is the guy that gutted the American nuclear industry because once upon a time Hyman Rickover was mean to him.

What a POS.

22 posted on 11/16/2009 1:06:51 PM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: DallasDeb

Has anyone else noticed that when Jimmah goes to other countries to observe their vote that his approval tends to go to the bigger bully? Don’t want post-election violence, do we now? Just wait until after Jimmah gets back home.


23 posted on 11/16/2009 1:06:54 PM PST by JeffChrz (Atlas will shrug.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yep, Jimmy doesn’t realize that Reagan defeated him for reasons other than the hostage crisis.

Even though he lost some support in the election due to the hostages, that alone doesn’t explain a 44 state landslide for Reagan.


24 posted on 11/16/2009 1:07:10 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Baladas

Thousands of people died in NYC on 9/11.

Carter finally admits he’d rather have Americans die than our enemies.


25 posted on 11/16/2009 1:07:50 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Baladas
"Obviously, if I had rescued the hostages or they had not been taken, I would have been re-elected."

Of course, Jimmy. The American people would easily have overlooked gas lines and shortages, double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, etc. Besides, your overall premise is patently false. You did not possess the leadership capability to rescue the hostages. It is your micromanagement shortcomings that directly caused the death of eight military servicemen in the desert of Iran. Had you not aborted the mission on eight separate occasions, the mission might have worked.

Please, please, please do America a favor and shut your mouth.

26 posted on 11/16/2009 1:07:58 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Correct. The hostage crisis was a symbol of Carter's incompetence, not the core of the election. The election hinged on the economy, also due in large part to carteresque bungling.

People forget that it was a different world back then, Reagan barely made the hostage crisis an issue at all, out of respect for the sensitivity of the status of the hostages. He certainly ran on rebuilding America's military and diplomatic might, however, implying that such humiliations should never happen in the first place.

27 posted on 11/16/2009 1:07:58 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Baladas
My main advisers insisted that I should attack Iran

Yes, an act of war was committed against the US under your administration, but you couldn't be bothered to defend the nation you were sworn to protect, even as your own hand-picked advisers urged you to do so in the strongest terms. What a despicable Quisling. The only difference between Carter and 0 is that it seems that Jimmuh's advisers at least urged him to take action, whereas 0's advisers, like their chief, appear to take smug satisfaction in America's defeats and humiliations.

28 posted on 11/16/2009 1:08:40 PM PST by mojito
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To: Baladas
Oh Jimmah...Jimmmah, please give it up.
You can no longer resuscitate your legacy.

In fact you can now take it easy now...you are no longer considered the 'worst' president!
Now, it's just a smallish spot in history's dustbin. A wee spot over there Jimmah...


29 posted on 11/16/2009 1:08:50 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen ("All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.")
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To: Baladas

I heard from a career officer at the White House (directly from the officer, not a repeat), that just prior to the hostage situation, while they were warning Carter of what was going to happen in Iran if they didn’t support the Sha, Carter got strangely obsessed with radio frequecies of wireless microphones and whether certain frequencies should be released for civilian use.

Carter apparently got quiet excited about the whole wireless microphone thing, because a certified expert in the subject, and apparently made some bright decisions.

Of course, while he was off doing the FCC’s job, Iran fell and the hostages were taken.


30 posted on 11/16/2009 1:09:17 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Knitebane

He put himself out there as a nuclear Engineer, when his ratings was as something else. Total phoney.


31 posted on 11/16/2009 1:10:03 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Baladas
"I could have destroyed Iran with my weaponry.

He continues with the "I, I, I, I,I!"

What we have in the White House today, along with his complicit and equally evil Congress and staff, is an abomination, but Carter was the most ignorant ninnyhammer to (dis)grace the executive mansion for four years.

Why doesn't this asshat come back to America, go to Plains and sit on his front porch, drink beer and take a whiz against the side of his ramshackled house?

Oh, that was another Carter. America would have been better off had Billy Carter been elected President both then and certainly now.

32 posted on 11/16/2009 1:10:28 PM PST by IbJensen (America being militarily and economically strong isn't enough: We must be morally strong!)
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To: Baladas
Here's Governor Jimmy with his Lt. Governor - Lester Maddox.

But then it's OK to associate with racists as long as you happen to be a Democrat.

33 posted on 11/16/2009 1:11:48 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
Love this anecdote. Encapsulates the truth that Carter was the most intelligent fool ever to sit in the White House. The Navy had him figured out . which is why he didn't stay in.
34 posted on 11/16/2009 1:14:04 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: bestintxas
Honestly, I really don't know a soul that respects this guy.

There are a few black sheep in my family who live up north who might life him, but the vast majority do NOT.

Out of all the people that I freely associate with, I cannot think of any that like this guy.

35 posted on 11/16/2009 1:16:27 PM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: Richard Kimball

The democrats needed a candidate and recognized that this pea-NUT farmer could be elected and used, they thought, to the party’s advantage.


36 posted on 11/16/2009 1:17:12 PM PST by usslsm51
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To: RobbyS

It is absolutely true, to boot.

My informant was a career intelligence officer who happens to be a blood relative.

Heard this at the time and heard it many times afterwards, including from other officers who came and drank at our house and bitched about it.

Carter was completely incapable of priorities.


37 posted on 11/16/2009 1:20:10 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Did he carry little steel balls in his pocket?


38 posted on 11/16/2009 1:21:46 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Baladas

Carter has no regrets?

All Carter had to do was to continue US policy to support the Shah and the US Embassy takeover would never have happened. The Khomeini radical revolution would have been suppressed and he wouldn’t have had to kill “thousands of people” anyway because of the hostage crisis that he himself enabled would never have occurred.

Carter’s stupidity matches Zero’s arrogance.


39 posted on 11/16/2009 1:23:51 PM PST by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: RobbyS

It’s all ball bearings these days.

Who is “he” my informant? No, and I would know.

Carter? No idea.


40 posted on 11/16/2009 1:24:54 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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This jerk has “no regrets.” But the The scores of Americans who were harassed abused, threatened with death for 444 days have enough “regrets” for all of us. And the families of the eight brave serviceman who died in Carter's half hearted “don't hurt any Iranians” rescue mission have regrets every day of their lives. What a self-absorbed, thoughtless fool!
41 posted on 11/16/2009 1:29:59 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Baladas

This shallow fool played mumbly peg for over a year while our embasy staff were held hostage.
Ronald Reagan was in office less than a day and they were released.
Mr. Carter is garbage. Just like this elephant eared marxist p.o.s.


42 posted on 11/16/2009 1:32:16 PM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go.)
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To: Baladas

Second. Worst. President. Ever.


43 posted on 11/16/2009 1:32:35 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: TheThirdRuffian

He was avoiding the big decisions, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. etc. From what I have read, Harry Truman had the opposite problem, He would have dropped the a-bomb on the Chinese in December, 1950, but “cooler” heads prevailed on him. This is, the Brits and French who were scared to death that the Red Army would move since they, too had the a-bomb. That’s why Stalin launched the invasion of South Korea. He didn’t think the US would react. Truman had a lot of faults, but even though he was practically a blind man, he was a damn good artillery officer, and he never lost that mind set. In 1941, he was still a colonel in the guard and he asked General Marshall for a commission.He says that Marshall told him, “Harry, you are too damned old.” I think Marshall missed a bet, there.


44 posted on 11/16/2009 1:32:58 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Baladas

......... and the Gipper showed the world how to get their freedom after 444 days of Jimma Carter dithering .


45 posted on 11/16/2009 1:38:57 PM PST by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK is 0bama's TRANSPARENCY CZAR }:-)
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To: Nervous Tick
That's what I thought when I read that delusional sentence-he'd like to blame it all on the hostage situation and conveniently ignore the whole economy and that "misery index" thing. What was that question the talking heads asked when Clinton was running for re-election? "Are you better off now that you were 4 years ago"? I dare them to ask it when Hussein runs for re-election.
46 posted on 11/16/2009 1:40:35 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: Baladas

Never thought I’d miss Jimmy Carter.


47 posted on 11/16/2009 1:40:46 PM PST by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Baladas

Relax, Jimmuh. You’re no longer the “Worst. President. Ever.”


48 posted on 11/16/2009 1:45:31 PM PST by clintonh8r (Jumping to conclusions...it's what I do.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Jimmy Carter is a tool. The worst president ever, and even worse ex-president!


49 posted on 11/16/2009 1:51:16 PM PST by Laserman
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To: Baladas

Jimmy’s decision 30 years ago has led directly to the FT. Hood terrorist.


50 posted on 11/16/2009 1:56:35 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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